Been catching up on Welsh politics, now that my gaze has returned from family matters. And I see from the BBC that there was a major issue on the agenda at the National Assembly this week. An Assembly Committee rejected the idea of 'presumed consent' in respect of the donation of human organs. This must have been a really tough call. Must admit that I would have gone with the majority opinion.
There can be no doubt that introducing 'presumed consent' would greatly increase the donor rate, and that more lives would be saved. Such an argument cannot be lightly ignored. But the reality is that if organs were taken from dead people, unless they had specified otherwise, many body parts would be removed from dead bodies whose owners did not want this to happen. So many people just do not get around to preparations for death, until the Grim Reaper has actually come into view.
I sense that the change will come in the end though. The force of science seems to be irresistible. And I can imagine that it would be a traumatic experience talking to the family of someone, recently deceased, whose life could have been saved if only there had been a donor organ available. But there you are. Politics is about tough decisions - and they don't come much tougher than this one.